PRINCETON — A trial for a local man charged with stabbing his former wife to death hours after she remarried was postponed Monday so both the state and defense can examine records of telephone calls allegedly made days before the incident.
William Jessee Seal, 34, of Princeton was brought before Circuit Court Judge William Sadler for what was to be a final pretrial conference. Seal’s trial was previously scheduled to start today.
Seal was arrested in June 2015 after the stabbing death of his former wife, 26-year-old Ashley Seal. Investigators said she had remarried hours before her death. In the arrest report filed at Mercer County Magistrate Court, Detective Bryan Grimm of the Princeton Police Department said when officers arrived at a 108 Highland Avenue apartment, Ashley Seal was found the floor with multiple stab wounds.
A knife was recovered at the scene. Grimm conducted a recorded interview with Seal after reading him his Miranda rights. Seal waived his rights and said he had killed Ashley Seal with the knife, according to the report.
Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler said during Monday’s hearing that Seal allegedly called Ashley Seal’s biological mother four days before Ashley Seal’s death. The state had recently learned about the call, which could be useful in determining if the stabbing was a premeditated act, Sitler told the court.
Sitler said the state would need time to examine telephone records, and attorney Ryan Flanigan, who is representing Seal along with attorney Jay Williams, said the defense was also asking for a continuance.
Sadler rescheduled the trial for July 19.
Seal is being held at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.